So I just came across a preview for the NL West, and it didn't exactly make me too happy. To see why, here's the order of finish they predict:
In fact, the Dodgers were listed under "The Long Shot" category, not to be confused with "The Challengers" in the Padres and Rocks and "The Favorite" in the DBacks. That's great.
Look, I realize I'm obviously not the most unbiased person in the world, but these standings are almost as if they were taken at the end of last season. I guess adding Andruw Jones and Hiroki Kuroda, cutting the excess fat (unhappy veterans), and adding one of the best managers of all-time (that Torre guy) doesn't mean a whole lot.
The bottom of the article makes 3 "bold" predictions for the upcoming season. Here they are along with my reactions:
1)With Peavy, Webb, Penny and now Kuroda and Haren, the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner will once again come from the West.
There's a good chance, but keep in mind this article was written before Johan Santana was traded to the Mets, so it's not a slam dunk like it once may have been.
2) The 2008 NL Wild Card winner will once again come from the West.
It's been 2 years in a row, so why not a 3rd? The pitching is so good, it will probably happen.
3) Arizona's Micah Owings, 3-3 but with a 3.02 ERA over his last 10 starts of 2007, blossoms into the best No. 5 starter in the league.
Who cares??? I mean seriously, that's the best prediction they could come up with?